Western Kentucky is among the most recent to extend a scholarship offer to Jacksonville (Fla.) Lee linebacker Dequan Jackson, upping to list of opportunities to a dozen strong.
"It's a blessing," Jackson told WKU Insider. "It was a big offer to me."
The Hilltoppers program, which remains in frequent contact, joins Appalachian State, Charlotte, Colorado State, Memphis, South Florida, Troy and others in the pursuit of the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Jackson.
The relationships that he's forming with WKU has Jackson planning to visit the school in the future and has lifted it high among his options.
"Since the first day, I have received nothing less than great vibes from there," said Jackson. "Coach Spurrier and coach Crum keep in touch and coach Crum is like a coach and big brother in one. I have good interest in the program and hope that I can get up there soon to check it out but if not they will be down in the spring to visit. Western Kentucky could be a potential fit for me and my skill set. I'm just thankful the opportunity."
Jackson, who currently claims no favorites, has remained humble throughout the recruiting process.
"I think it's all just a blessing," he said. "I remember just wishing and dreaming to go 'D1' and remembering everyone trying to tell me my slim chances and now here I am. I very glad to be going through the process. It's challenging a little but I'm being patient and enjoying it. The interests and offers just reward my hard work."
The attention from the many college coaches keeps Jackson focused on "perfecting my craft and to be ready when my time comes."
With the intention of visiting a number of schools, Jackson has an idea of what he hopes to learn and experience when doing so.
"I try to find out about the academics, the facilities, the atmosphere, and just the vibe of the coaches," he explained. "I ask myself, 'can I see myself here for four years playing football or even if I wasn't playing all'."
As a junior, Jackson recorded 80 tackles, including eight sacks. He forced a pair of fumbles and grabbed one interception.